Every time a new season comes around, you can be sure that the capital’s restaurants update their menu with fresh, seasonal options. Now that we’ve made it to spring (sweet summer sunshine shall - hopefully - soon be ours) we’ve scoured London to bring you the best new seasonal dishes being offered up in the capital.
Camino Bankside, King’s Cross, Monument and Shoreditch
What: The life and soul of España oozes from every pore of this reliable mini-chain, which promises genuine vibes, gutsy food and authentic drinks. For its springtime offering, Camino has cooked up an array of new dishes, including the likes of morcilla with alegria peppers, Iberico meatballs cooked in a rich tomato and red pepper sauce, and crispy squid with aioli and lemon.
Where: 5 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building, SE1 9NA; 3 Varnishers Yard, Regent Quarter, N1 9FD; 15 Mincing Lane, EC3R 7BD; 2 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BL
Bella Cosa, Canary Wharf
What: This contemporary Italian is welcoming the spring season with a very reasonable set lunch menu, which sees guests enjoy a classic pizza, pasta or salad for just £9.95 (not bad value in the finanical district). Options for the set lunch include pizzas topped with the likes of Italian sausage or pepperoni, and pasta dishes such as spaghetti carbonara and gnocchi. Craving something a little lighter? Opt for a radicchio, pear, gorgonzola, and walnut salad.
Where: Drewry House, 213 Marsh Wall,E14 9FJ
The Colony Grill Room, Mayfair
What: Although it only opened back in 2014, The Colony Grill Room feels like it’s been around forever (mainly because of the unashamedly old-school vibe and charming service). The restaurant’s spring menu includes warming and creamy lobster bisque topped up with a shot of brandy, and Cajun-spiced swordfish. You can bulk out your meal with sides such as creamy spinach and mac ‘n’ cheese, while a D-I-Y sundae is the only way to finish your meal.
Where: The Beaumont, 8 Balderton Street, W1K 6TF
Enoteca Turi, Belgravia
What: Enoteca Turi is the rare kind of restaurant that has built a truly loyal following, and it’s not hard to see why. The restaurant’s spring menu makes the most of seasonal ingredients – think English asparagus and courgette flowers, as well as fresh peas and cipollotti (large spring onion). It’s not only about the vegetables though, as Enoteca will also be serving the likes of kid goat from Cabrito Goat Meats, which is lean and tender.
Where: 87 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8PH
Café Spice Namaste, City
What: From chef Cyrus Todiwala, this casual Indian joint is serving up a tempting menu for spring. Seasonal small plates that you’ll find on the menu include chappati filled with diced goat simmered in a caramelised onion sauce, and chicken tossed with toasted cumin, spring onion, minced green chilli and fresh coriander. There are plenty of veggie options too, such as Keralan-style mixed vegetable rice and potato cake filled with curly kale and whey cheese.
Where: 16 Prescot Street, E1 8AZ
Theo’s Simple Italian, Earl’s Court
What: This might be a more casual sibling to chef Theo Randall’s flagship restaurant at the Intercontinental Park Lane, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious. For spring, the restaurant is serving up delicious cicchetti such as deep-fried courgettes and freshly baked focaccia with rosemary and salt. More substantial dishes see pan-roasted monkfish with sliced potatoes, and a baked ricotta cheese soufflé.
Where: 34–44 Barkston Gardens, SW5 0EW
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What: This smart Italian boasts a street side terrace for chilled alfresco dining, while the menu is traditionally split into cicchetti, antipasti, pasta and mains. Start with whipped ricotta and truffle crostini, before moving on to the likes of Cornish crab linguine or roasted lamb loin with baby artichoke, wild garlic, broad beans and peas. To finish, try apple and rhubarb crumble or a tiramisu.
Where: 62 Seymour St, Marylebone, W1H 5BN
What: If you're in the process of 'bulking' for the summer season, might we suggest a trip to Brigadiers for a feast worthy of gym royalty? The restaurant's new Tandoori tomahawk steak and lobster menu is a sight to behold – it kicks off with pappadums and chutneys and a Masala Carabinero cocktail, before moving on to the main spectacle of a tandoori masala tomahawk steak and a tandoori lobster. If that wasn't enough, your epic main is served alongside truffle chaat masala aloo, wild garlic saag, onion bhaji rings and plenty of other trimmings.
Where: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Fishworks, Marylebone and Swallow Street
What: Serving first-class fish and seafood across its two London sites, Fishworks has just launched its new spring menu. On it, you’ll find starters such as homemade Brixham fish soup, and steamed mussels in a white wine sauce. For mains, try a half-grilled lobster or a seafood and samphire linguine, while desserts see sticky chocolate brownie served with pistachio ice cream, and a peach and passionfruit Eton mess.
Where: 89 Marylebone High Street Marylebone, W1U 4QW; 7-9 Swallow Street, W1B 4DE
Kricket Brixton, Soho and White City
What: This mini-chain of modern Indian joints is serving a spring menu across all three of its sites. The menu celebrates the best seasonal British ingredients and the star of the show is British free-range duck, which is used in dishes such as the duck leg kathi roll with peanut chutney and cucumber pickle, and duck hearts with rhubarb chutney, pistachio and mint. If you’d rather not have duck, you can also tuck into Tandoori halibut or kid goat.
Where: 41-43 Atlantic Road, SW9 3JS; 12 Denman Street, W1D 7HH; 2 Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR
What: To celebrate spring’s arrival, Sagardi has flown over fish and vegetables from the Basque region, which is where the restaurant gets its inspiration. Produce you can expect to find on the menu includes Tudela asparagus, fresh peas and Atlantic mackerel from Hondarribia. The peas are served with thinly-sliced pure acorn-fed ham jowl, while the mackerel is briefly marinated with vinaigrette.
Where: Cordy House, 95 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
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The Foyer & Reading Room at Claridge’s, Mayfair
What: Once Claridge’s library, this all-day dining room has replaced bookish silence with an appropriately civilised buzz, while marble-cut fireplaces, velvet columns and a gorgeous Dale Chihuly glass sculpture up the art-deco ante. The restaurant’s spring menu is championing British asparagus, incorporating the vegetable into dishes such as hen’s egg and truffle hollandaise with parmesan and asparagus, and an asparagus and pea tart with courgette ribbons.
Where: Claridge's, 55 Brook Street, W1K 4HR
What: A light and airy tapas restaurant, Tozi has won the hearts of Victoria locals and business folk. On its spring menu, you’ll discover dishes made with seasonal ingredients from regional suppliers. Think fresh langoustines with Maldon sea salt and lemon, or Scottish scallop carpaccio with orange, cress and pink peppercorns. Elsewhere, there’s Angus beef carpaccio with pickled artichokes and pecorino, and Amalfi lemon tart to finish.
Where: 8 Gillingham Street, SW1V 1HJ
What: Two-Michelin-starred Umu is strictly old-school, but that doesn’t mean it’s averse to switching up its menu. For the spring season, the kitchen will be turning out a Kaiseki offering, which will include dishes such as Kombu-cured shellfish of the day, with sakura leaf, kimizu and spring vegetables, as well as Japanese Wagyu beef shabu-shabu, with onsen tamago and spring vegetables. To finish, enjoy a helping of Sakura mochi.
Where: 14-16 Bruton Place, W1J 6LX
What: An ornately styled space which mixes Victorian flourishes and garden-themed accessories, Lokhandwala is a curious and inviting restaurant. Its menu of Indian snacks has been given a gentle update for springtime, with new dishes to try including chickpea salad and quail eggs. Elsewhere, you can tuck into the likes of baked neeli, patta chaat or a helping of scallops. Don’t forget to pair your food with one of the scene-stealing spiced cocktails.
Where: 93 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PY
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